Wesley College Dublin

WESLEY COLLEGE PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

GET YOUR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TREE FROM WESLEY

From 9am Saturday - and every weekday after school until 9pm - Christmas Trees and Wreaths will be on sale from The Bike Sheds area at Wesley, all for a good cause.  (NB. Closed on Sundays).

 

   

RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS

2019 AGM

We had a great AGM this week. 2019 was reviewed and new PTA members were elected - more on that in a future post. Following formalities Dr. John Sharry gave intriguing insights on how to deal with teen anxiety and universal character strengths associated with happiness (versus what society tells kids will make them happy!).

 

ROLE OF PTA COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The PDF below provides a brief summary overview of the PTA and the role of a PTA committee member within the PTA, for anyone considering joining the PTA over the coming year.

Role of PTA Members

BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK TALK

To access a synopsis of the recent PTA talk on ‘What our children are not telling us’, click here: 

Synopsis of Parent's Talk

 

NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL SURVEY

Click the link below to complete the survey which is trying to assess parents' perceptions of the Senior Cycle structure:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8J5WSG 

YEAR 4 COFFEE MORNING

Friday 4th October

 

Well done to all who made it through the tail-end of Storm Lorenzo for the TY coffee morning on the 4th of October to enjoy coffee,  pastries and Junior Cert results(!) chat in Airfield.

 

YEAR 1 AND PREPS COFFEE MORNING

Saturday,  21st September 

There was a great buzz at the PTA's Preps and 1st Year coffee morning over the weekend as everyone set about getting acquainted. The large crowd spilled out on to the balcony of the Blackmore Pavilion to enjoy the fine weather and watch some of the morning hockey matches.

 

 

BULLYING AWARENESS  WEEK PARENTS TALK

Monday 16th September 2019

Packed House for September PTA Talk
There was barely a seat to spare in Wesley on Monday evening as Monica Rowe took to the stage for a Bullying Awareness Week talk on 'What our children are not telling us'.  Her talk focused on the dealing with the internet and how to effectively communicate with our children.
It was a hugely insightful talk that drew on a combination of research and Monica's own personal experience as a parent and working with the ISPCC and Childline. Amongst the sage-like advice was a bullet-proof strategy to negotiate with children to get and keep devices out of their bedrooms, which I’m sure many parents will be discussing with their children and implementing over the coming days.

SUMMER BARBECUE

Saturday 10th May 2019

A great night was had at the weekend at the Wesley College Parents BBQ, hosted by the PTA at Old Wesley Rugby Club.  Over 150 people attended and devoured a delicious feast of summer food. It was a lovely relaxed social evening with a great buzz.  This may well become an annual event! 

READY STEADY COOK

Friday 9th March 2019

Overends Cafe, Airfield

A memorable afternoon was had in early March when 18 students showed off their baking skills. They had 1½ hours to create a dessert using a recipe from a female influence - friend, family member or celebrity chef. The theme was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day and there were all types of recipes, ranging  from Mary Berry and all three Allens - Myrtle, Darina and Rachel - to recipes handed down from great grandmothers and female bloggers! 

 1st prize was awarded to Lisa-Marie Kasselman for her Marbled Meringue Roulade with Lemon Curd (pictured below)

2nd prize went to Emma Ruttle for a Trio of Allen Women Desserts

3rd prize was awarded to Zoe Mulligan for her Toblerone Cheesecake

 Three highly commended prizes went to:

  • Glory Daniel Ochonma - Sweet Surprise
  • Katelyn Tennant - The Passionate Cake
  • Anna Forbes - Apple and Cinnamon Bundt Cake

 

 

 

Y1 COFFEE MORNING TAKE 2

Friday 9th March 2019

Blackmore Pavilion

Parents of first year students gathered for coffee in the Blackmore pavilion on a bright and breezy morning on the 9th March.  It was another chance to get to know each other better while the students played hockey on the pitches in front of the pavilion.

 

 

Y3 COFFEE MORNING

Friday 8th February 2019

Overends Cafe, Airfield

We’ve repeated a successful formula started last year with over fifty Year 3 parents getting together for the first time in 2019 over coffee and home-made scones in Airfield.   

Despite a wild wintery morning the sun started to shine as people arrived and it turned out to be a lovely and relaxing morning.

We think we’ve found a successful formula that we may well roll out to other classes in the future, so keep an eye out and watch this space!

  190208 Y3 Coffee Morning

 

NPCpp SURVEY ON RSE

Survey on Relationship and Sexuality

As part of the ongoing consultation on Relationships and Sexuality Education, (RSE), the Department of Education and Skills asked the National Parents Council, (NPCpp),  to make a submission outlining Post Primary Parent views on the subject of RSE.

For this a survey was designed to get useful feedback from parents and guardians.  

As long as the survey remains open, please take a few minutes to complete it, using the following link, to let NPCpp to let them know your thoughts and views:

Survey on Relationship and Sexuality

 

DARE & HEAR SCHEMES INFORMATION MEETINGS

Saturday 19th January 2019

DIT Aungier Street

A series of  information meetings on the DARE & HEAR schemes for third level students was recently held. If you missed these,  information is found at www,accesscollege.ie.

DARE & HEAR Information meeting flyer

PTA AGM

Monday 19th November 2018

Wesley PTA AGM took place this week with guest speaker Peter McVerry giving a highly engaging talk about his experience dealing with the homeless in Ireland.

Congrats to newly elected committee members:  Avril Montgomery, Clive Jones, Kerri Judge,  Elaine Wilson and Kevin Daly. Retiring members were  Karen Harris, Suzanne Hawe, and Nita Mishra,

 

The notice and agenda for the AGM was available for viewing and download at:

2018 PTA AGM Notice and Agenda

   

COMPASS Interactive Meeting

Saturday 17th November 2018

 Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork

"Your parental wellbeing and its impact on your children";  Brendan Dennehy

Further information is available for viewing and download at:

COMPASS - Interactive Meeting

NPCpp ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018

Parents - Your Voice in Education

Saturday 13th October 2018

 Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley

This all-day conference included four speakers, including Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Childern and Richard Bruton,  the Minister for Education and Skills, and four workshops.

Original details are available for download in the NPCpp Annual Conference 2018 flier.

  

TRANSITION YEAR PARENTS' COFFEE MORNING

Friday 5th October 2018

 Airfield 

 Parents of 4th years had a relaxed Friday morning in Airfield over coffee and scones, on the 5th October. It was a new initiative this year and proved a great success.

Given the TY shake up of classes and moving pupils around for TY the  PTA felt it would be useful for parents to meet each other again, to renew old acquaintances and get to know some new faces too.

Some were enjoying it so much they looked like they wanted to stay on in Airfield for lunch!  This is definitely an event that will be considered as aa  regualr event by the PTA in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK TALK

Monday 17th September 2018

 All parents are invited to a talk by Stella O’Mally, a mental health professional. Stella will be giving a talk to parents on bullying. This is part of the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week being held in the school for students.

 

FIRST YEAR AND PREPS COFFEE MORNING

Saturday 15th September 2018

Blackmore Pavilion 

 

The 15th September saw a great turnout matched by a great buzz of parents of pupils coming in to 1st year or Prep class, for our annual coffee morning in the Blackmore Pavillion, overlooking the hockey pitches.

The annual event gives parents and guardians a chance to meet parents and guardians of students in the same class as thier own child in an informal setting over a cup of tea or coffee. 

It was a great success on a beautiful morning and with a great atmosphere as parents set about getting to know eachother, most for the very first time!

    

 FOR REPORTS ON EARLIER EVENTS SEE OUR

ARCHIVE OF PREVIOUS EVENTS

 

INTRODUCTION

The Wesley College Parent Teacher Association aims to advance the education and welfare of pupils, promoting co-operation and communication between the management of the college, parents and staff.  and assisting with social, educational and other activities for the Wesley community.

 

We represent the interests of parents of day and boarder pupils at the school and provide input to the formulation and implementation of school policies. All parents are members of the association, which is run by an elected committee. The operation of the association is governed by a constitution, which may be viewed and downloaded at WCDPTA Constitution

 

The association is funded primarily through a contribution collected from parents through the college's normal fee invoicing. These funds, together with those raised through some of the activities which the PTA runs, are used in fulfilling the aims of the association. 

ACTIVITIES

 The association runs, assists with or financially supports some regular activities which are an integral to college life, the principal ones being the following.
First year parents' coffee morning Pre-Debs Soiree
Poetry Aloud PTA AGM
Student Enterprise Awards Spring Guest Speaker
Model United Nations Interschools Music Festival
Seachtain na Gaeilge Green Week
Business Innovation Award Ready Steady Cook
Wesley Artist of the Year Book Week
Habitat for Humanity School Leaver’s BBQ
Uniform Sale  
 

REPRESENTATION

 The PTA is represented, through appointed committee members, on the Board of Governors' Buildings & Grounds Committee and on COMPASS (Co-operation of Minority Religion and Protestant Parent Associations (Post Primary)).

 

The association also nominates one member of the Board of Management. 

Current Parent Teacher Association Committee 2018-2019

Chairperson: Ruth Chamberlain
Treasurer: Edel Bell
Secretary: Derek Switzer
Committee members: Hope Adjenughure (Boarder parent), Kevin Daly,  Clive Jones (Boarder parent), Kerri Judge,  Avril Montgomery, Peter Whelehan, Elaine Wilson
Buildings & Grounds committee representative: Hope Adjenughure
COMPASS representatives: Clive Jones, Avril Montgomery
Teacher representatives: Karen Deering, Raquel Rodriquez
Principal:  Christopher Woods
Deputy Principal: Fionnuala O'Byrne

Contacting the Parent Teacher Association

Communication with the  PTA committee is always welcome and is best sent by email to pta@wesleycollege.ie, or can be sent by post to  The Honorary  Secretary, Wesley College PTA, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

 

Please note that communication regarding administrative and educational matters should be directly with the College office.